Civil Engineering Lecturers Deliver Classes at Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology, China
A delegation from Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) led by Vice-President Tianhe Qiu first visited AIT in September 2014 and an application was submitted to the Ministry of Education in Beijing to launch a joint programme in Civil Engineering between LIST and AIT on their return to China. LIST received approval from the Ministry of Higher Education in Beijing to launch a joint programme in Civil Engineering with AIT and the first intake of 100 students commenced in September 2015. To date, more than 400 students have enrolled in this joint programme in Civil Engineering between AIT and LIST. There are currently five students from LIST studying at AIT during academic year 2018-19 and there are seven students expected to join fourth year of the Civil Engineering programme at AIT in September 2019.
Faculty from the Department of Civil Engineering, AIT has delivered lectures at Luoyang Institute of Science and Technology during academic year 2018-19: Cyril Morris, James McNamara, Brian Mullarney and Leo Reddy. Lecturer exchange whereby AIT lecturers travel to Luoyang and Chinese lecturers are hosted by the Faculty of Engineering & Informatics at AIT will strengthen relationships with Chinese partners and motivate Irish students to consider international placement.
AIT has partnerships agreements with more than 200 universities. Students from third year of Web and Game Development programmes have undertaken their placements in China, France and Spain. It is hoped that students from the Department of Civil Engineering will consider short study visits or international placement opportunities in the future.
Partnership agreements with Chinese Universities will provide Irish students with opportunities to study abroad or undertake international placements. The International Office with the support of academic staff advise students registered on second year and subsequent years of programmes at AIT about opportunities to undertake placement and study at partner institutes. It is hoped that this form of communication will see more AIT students availing of study abroad opportunities, particularly in China.
AIT is committed to promoting Ireland as a destination for higher education with particular reference to the Midlands region. It is important to work with state agencies, such as Enterprise Ireland to promote Ireland as an attractive destination for international students. Staff at the Institute extend a warm welcome to international students and international students describe AIT as a home away from home. Activities to promote integration of international students and outward mobility of AIT students to partner universities will be actively promoted during the new academic year 2019-20.